Stage 1: Planning the tiny house

Stage 1: I think we’re going to need more space

“Cornelius, I don’t think we’re going to have enough space” David said walking over to my desk.

“I’m looking at the loft space and I just don’t think it’s going to be tall enough.”

We want to be able to sit-up in the bed, otherwise it’s just a bunker and that’s no fun. A person who is 6 feet tall will need about 3 feet of room, a few inches of clearance and the height of the mattress. Currently we have only allotted 3 feet, 6 inches in our drawings.

Designing the tiny house has been an exercise of consciously thinking through every square foot. With a footprint of 190 square feet, we can’t take any space for granted.

So over the weekend, we went back to the farm and built a mock-up of the space.

Dan cutting some wood

A quick bit of building and we had a crawl space to play around in. It looks like we are going to be alright but we will try and find a few extra inches in height and make the slope of the roof slightly shallower.

It was a good thing we went through this exercise. Let’s continue on and build the structure.

David having a seat in the mock-up space.


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